Scripture Verse

The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few. Luke 10:2


Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878)

Words: Jo­hann F. Bahn­mai­er, 1827 (Walte, fürd­er, nah und fern). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Ly­ra Ger­ma­ni­ca, se­cond ser­ies, 1858.

Music: Gott sei dank, Neu­es geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch, by Jo­hann A. Frey­ling­hau­sen (Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny: 1704) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johann A. Freylinghausen (1670–1739)


Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word,
Spread the kingdom of the Lord,
Wheresoe’er His breath has given,
Life to beings meant for Hea­ven.

Tell them how the Fa­ther’s will
Made the world, and keeps it still,
How He sent His Son to save
All who help and comfort crave.

Tell of our Re­deem­er’s love,
Who for­ev­er doth remove
By His holy sacrifice
All the guilt that on us lies.

Tell them of the Spir­it given
Now to guide us up to Hea­ven,
Strong and holy, just and true,
Working both to will and do.

Word of life, most pure and strong,
Lo! for Thee the nations long,
Spread, till from its dreary night
All the world awakes to light.

Up! the ripening fields ye see,
Mighty shall the harvest be;
But the reapers still are few,
Great the work they have to do.

Lord of harvest, let there be
Joy and strength to work for Thee,
Till the nations, far and near,
See Thy light, and learn Thy fear.